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This is an incomplete overview of hitchhiking in media. Please add books you read, and more.


Hitchhiking in literature:

  • Hitch-Hiker's Guide to Europe by Ken Welsh: outdated but contains great information for Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the "Communist countries." Was the inspiration for the title of Douglas Adams' Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In English.
  • No Such Thing as a Free Ride? A Collection of Hitchers' Tales. Compiled by Simon and Tom Sykes (Great Britain: Cassell Illustrated, 2005). A 192 pg. compilation of hitch-hiking lore and experience, contributed by more than a hundred, from both sides of the experience, mainly British. A great sampling. In English.
  • Derelict Days... Sixty years on the Roadside Path to Enlightenment by Irv Thomas. (Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2004). Personal tales from across a 60-year span of American (and some European) hitch-hiking, in a 226-page text. Mostly written at the time of each adventure, these highlight the consciousness-raising aspect of the experience. Included is a newspaper account of the earliest American hitch-hiker on record (1916). In English.
  • The Hitchhiking Grandmother by Grace Small, as told to Ruth Barton Davis (Forest Grove, OR: Pilgrim Way Press, 1990). Quite remarkable life story of a 46-year old woman who took up hitch-hiking in 1941, indulging her adventurous spirit thusly for some 25 years, both in the US and Europe. The 200-page book is cheaply obtainable on In English.
  • Hitching: tales from the byways and superhighways, by Kirsty Brooks. A collection of stories by hitchhikers, mostly Australians, hitching in Australia, the US, Europe and some random places. Some interesting stories. In English.
  • In Russian there are a lot of books about hitchhiking, Praktika Volnyh Puteshestvyi by Anton Krotov being the most famous and according to many essential reading material for hitchhiking in Russia - if you read Russian that is.
  • Off the map - A punk rock vision quest told in the tradition of the anarchist travel story, Off the Map is narrated by two young women as they discard their maps, fears, and anything resembling a plan, and set off on the winds of the world. This story is told with genuine hope, and a voice that never loses its connection with the mysteries of life. OTM.
  • Norton's Ghost (2010) - A novel rooted heavily in homelessness and hitchhiking. His world thrown into doubt with the death of his father, Kyle Dearmond takes to hitchhiking, where he finds meaning, friends, and a new direction despite the chaos of the wandering road. Website. The book is also available under a Creative Commons by-nc-nd License. Download
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  • Vagabond in the axis of evil, a book by Juan Pablo Villarino about hitchhiking in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Round Ireland with a fridge, a book by the British journalist Tony Hawks telling the story of his hitchhiking trip around Ireland (with a fridge)

News articles

Some links to hitchhiking in the news media. See Google News for some current news items.


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